Wild Columbia County
Hiking, camping, and wildlife viewing in northwest Oregon’s hidden jewel
An oral history of the resurrection of Fox Creek
Fox Creek’s fish have had a rough time. Salmon once ran here in good numbers, laying their “redds” of eggs throughout the stream. When Charles E. Fox and company broke ground on Rainier in 1851, the first industry was a fish house at the mouth of Fox Creek. Workers packed barrels with salted salmon and…
Be on the lookout for these special reptiles
You may have noticed that snakes, turtles, lizards, and frogs are all out right now. There are several rare species in our county that we would love for you keep an eye out for. Sighting any of these, especially with a picture, would be a huge help for our study of reptiles and amphibians in…
Do you have kids who want to go herping with other kids?
Parents have asked us for group outings where kids can find salamanders, frogs, lizards, snakes, and turtles together. Unfortunately, both Matt and Jon are working outside the county and aren’t able to lead trips at the moment. But we think it’s a great idea! We are putting together a contact list for parents with children…
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Do you see frogs, salamanders, turtles, lizards, or snakes? Take a picture and then upload to our iNaturalist herpetology project to track these creatures! More detailed information on submitting your photos can be found in the Columbia County Reptiles and Amphibians main page or the How to Enter Data post.
Visit the Friends of Liberty Hill website or their Facebook page to learn about this unique meadow and what we can do to save it for our community.
Jonathan grew up in St. Helens and has family in Yankton and Rainier. Matt grew up in Warren and currently lives in Scappoose. Jonathan’s wife Rosey and daughters Chhaya (less so) and Sophia (more so) join them on some of their adventures.
Friends of Dalton Lake Nature Preserve
Friends of CZ Linear Park Trail
Friends of Nob Hill Nature Park
A few orgs doing God’s work:
Creative Conservation Alliance